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LDP body for review of history to hold first meeting on Dec. 22

  • 2015-12-10 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: December 10, 2015 – p. 6)

 

 The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided on Dec. 9 to hold the first meeting of its “headquarters for learning from history to think about the future,” tasked with reviewing the Tokyo Tribunal, the drafting process of the Constitution during the period of U.S. occupation, and other such historical issues, on Dec. 22. This body will hold discussions over a one-year period.

 

 The headquarters is a body that reports direct to the LDP President, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It was created on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the LDP. It will invite experts to heed their views and study history through discussions.

 

 In light of concerns in the U.S. and other countries that discussions may lead to “historical revisionism,” the LDP does not plan to draw up any recommendations. It has also been agreed that Diet members unhappy with the Tokyo Tribunal verdicts will not express their views on history in this forum.

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